Mesa State to mark King’s legacy with two days of events

Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy will be remembered today and Monday on the Mesa State College campus.

John Paul Dickey, the grandson of Josephine Dickey, the first black schoolteacher in the Grand Valley, will speak today at 2 p.m. in the auxiliary gym at the Maverick Center, formerly known as Saunders Fieldhouse, in the event sponsored by the Black Student Alliance and the Cultural Diversity Board at Mesa State College.

Middle school students will read parts of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the event will include poetry readings and a video montage of King’s last speech.

The event is free to the public and will be followed by a gathering at Spoons Bistro and Bakery, 3090B North 12th St.

Harry Butler, a School District 51 board member and former Grand Junction City Council member, will deliver the invocation at today’s event and will speak as well on Monday evening.

While remembrances of King stress civil-rights activism, Butler said he’ll point out another facet of the man.

“People need to realize he was a minister of the Gospel” who emphasized the Biblical injunction that man should love the Lord and his neighbor as himself, Butler said.

“If man would do that, he wouldn’t have some problems.”

Robert McDonald, a participant in civil-rights marches, will talk about his experience working with King.

The event, sponsored by AmeriCorps in the William S. Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center, will include poetry readings and a performance by Ballet Folklorico.

Students from the Mesa State Theater Department will perform a scene from “Raisin in the Sun.”

Participants are asked to bring canned goods as part of the service theme of the event.

District 51 schools will be closed Monday.


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